Southampton Pulls Off Massive Upset Against Manchester City
After their dominance of Liverpool last week, Manchester City was primed to continue their winning ways against Southampton. That did not happen because of Che Adams’ wonderful goal and the team’s defensive performance leading to the underdogs winning, 1-0.
This was a surprising result because City looked like the more aggressive team out of the two. They had 26 shots on goal in this game but they never quite turned it into goals. You have to give credit to Southampton’s goalkeeper Alex McCarthy who worked extremely hard to keep the sheet clean.
City was aggressive but they did not have the same poise that they showcased in their victory over champions-elect, Liverpool. They did not have the main striker Sergio Aguero in the lineup but the other players were all expected to perform well. This is City’s third straight away loss in the league which is the first time that this has happened on a team managed by Pep Guardiola.
Star player Kevin de Bruyne was sitting on the bench for most of the match alongside rising star Phil Foden. They tried to score an equalizer but it was not enough.
In his 30th appearance for the club, Adams managed to score a spectacular goal in the 16th minute. He pounced on a loose ball after City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko fumbled the ball. He managed to make a curling strike which was too far away from goalkeeper Ederson Moraes to reach.
This was his first goal of the season where he has been feeling down. He has been waiting for this for so long and the goal that he scored will be a part of highlight reels for years to come. Adams said, ‘The lads dug in deep at the end and we got a well deserved three points. We're based on Man City, that's how we play football and we've been doing it all season long. It's nice to score anytime, thankfully it's come today -- just in time’.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl also wants to give credit to his goalkeeper in McCarthy. The manager said that his performance was clinical and it was an unbelievable performance for the team on both sides of the ball.
Words: Cholo Martin